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TO help residents prepare their properties for the upcoming fire season, Mitchell Shire Council is offering free green waste drop off at Resource Recovery Centres in Broadford, Pyalong, Seymour and Wallan on weekends during November.

Tree branches (under 30 centimetres round), prunings, leaves, twigs, garden weeds and grass clippings can be dropped off on the November weekends of 4 and 5, 11 and 12, 18 and 19, 25 and 26. Loads must be free of noxious weeds, rubbish, wire and other contaminants otherwise fees will apply.

Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said it was important that people prepared their properties for the fire season now.

“We live in a high bushfire risk area and with a relatively dry winter and an ‘above normal’ fire season predicted this summer, it’s really important that people take the necessary precautions to ensure they are prepared in the event of a fire,” Cr Sanderson said.

“The recent Fire Action Week was a timely reminder for people to start preparing their properties, but it doesn’t stop there. Cleaning up your property is something that needs to happen all the way up to, and through, the fire season.

“Our Resource Recovery Centre staff will be on site to ensure the drop off process runs as smoothly as possible, but please be patient as we expect the sites to get quite busy.”

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To make use of the free drop offs, Mitchell Shire residents will need to show their driver’s licence with a current address in Mitchell Shire.

Property owners who live outside the shire will need to bring a copy of their rates notice and photo identification in the same name.

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